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New Light Tech Could Speed Computing, Phones 1000X New Light Tech Could Speed Computing, Phones 1000X
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Communication technologies including smartphones and laptops could now be 1,000 times faster. A University of Pittsburgh team has generated a frequency comb with more than a 100 terahertz bandwidth as a means to process communications data at a remarkably rapid …

iPhone User Wins Throttling Suit Against AT&T iPhone User Wins Throttling Suit Against AT&T
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Earlier this month we reported that AT&T was throttling the data connections of customers who still had the old unlimited data plan and used more than 2 gigabytes of data per month. The practice struck many as unfair, since users …

Google Gets Into the TV Business Google Gets Into the TV Business

Back in March of 2011, Google announced that it was getting into the broadband business: As part of our overall goal to make the web better for users, last year we announced a new project: to provide a community with …

AT&T Lightening Up On Data Throttling? AT&T Lightening Up On Data Throttling?
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Earlier this month we brought you news that AT&T had started throttling the data streams of certain smartphone users. Those who had managed to hang onto AT&T’s now-defunct unlimited data plans were reportedly having their connections throttled after 2.1 gigabytes …

Payroll Tax Cut Bill Comes With Spectrum Auction Funding

Today, Washington passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, extending the Payroll Tax Cut and unemployment benefits. Part of this was the authorization of the FCC to auction off wireless spectrum, which was proposed in the National …

Interview: FCC Lifeline Program – Will the Revamp Solve the Fraud?
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On January 31, the FCC announced a complete overhaul of its Lifeline program. The program has been around for 25 years and is part of the Universal Service Fund. Its purpose was to help low-income families and those that live …

Interview: Here’s Why Open Auctions for 2G Spectrum Are the Best Option

The war in Washington over wireless spectrum is really beginning to heat up as policymakers and the FCC aren’t seeing eye to eye. The issue is commonly referred to as the “spectrum crunch” since wireless networks are quickly becoming overloaded.

CES 2012: DISH announces new Broadband and DVR services CES 2012: DISH announces new Broadband and DVR services
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Somebody is finally taking on the righteous task of bringing faster internet to those in rural areas and that somebody is DISH Network. DISH Network announced a partnership with ViaSat Inc. at CES today to bring next-generation satellite broadband to …

Skype Co-Founder Wants Free Broadband For All Americans Skype Co-Founder Wants Free Broadband For All Americans
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Operating under the mission statement of “the Internet is a right, not a privilege,” Niklas Zennstrom, one of the co-founders of Skype, has introduced an idea of bringing free broadband services to the United States, one that would be powered …

AT&T, T-Mobile Deal Is Necessary for U.S. Economy & Obama’s Broadband Plan, Says Former Congressman AT&T, T-Mobile Deal Is Necessary for U.S. Economy & Obama’s Broadband Plan, Says Former Congressman
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As the hearing date for the AT&T/T-Mobile merger draws closer, it seems the controversies surrounding it are only getting more complex. From the initial announcement back in March, consumer groups have spoken out against the deal. But the opposition has gotten much more intense recently with both the U.S. Department of Justice and Sprint filing lawsuits to block AT&T’s $39 billion planned takeover of T-Mobile.

Google Fiber Expands to Kansas City, MO Google Fiber Expands to Kansas City, MO
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In 2010, Google kicked off a contest to find a city to test its experimental, ultra-high-speed fiber network.  The ambitious network will boast 1 gigabit per second fiber-to-the-home connectivity, a speed nearly 100 times faster than most Americans have currently. …

FCC Asked to Investigate Data Caps FCC Asked to Investigate Data Caps
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It is possible that the Osama Bin Laden media obsession has caused you to miss this little tidbit, but on Monday AT&T officially killed uncapped internet. The much talked-about data limitations officially went into effect without too much backlash hitting …

AT&T Data Limits Go Into Effect Today AT&T Data Limits Go Into Effect Today

AT&T’s infamous data caps go into effect today. You know, the ones where if you’re a paying customer, and you use too much data on the Internet, you get charged extra? Yeah, those caps. Congratulations, paying customers. DSL customers will …

Comcast Offering 105Mbps Broadband To Major Markets Comcast Offering 105Mbps Broadband To Major Markets
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Today, over 40 million homes which have Comcast internet service will be able to sign up for Extreme 105. This is the Comcast offering which will provide users a 105Mbps download speed and a 10Mbps upload speed. The service has …

Google’s Experimental Fiber Network Finds Home

A little over a year ago, Google announced its intentions to build and test ultra-high-speed broadband networks in select cities across America.  Interested communities were asked to send their requests to Google for consideration.  Today, after hundreds of thousands of …

Public Broadband Networks On The Rise

The ILSR (Institute for Local Self-Reliance) states that their goal is to “provide innovative strategies, working models and timely information to support environmentally sound and equitable community development.”  One of their focal points is local internet access, and they have …

More Than Half Of U.S. Internet Connections Below FCC Standards
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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released two new reports on Internet access and telephone subscribership in the U.S. The reports are based on data submitted by carriers to the FCC every six months. They track changes at the state …

National Broadband Map Launches

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has introduced a searchable nationwide map of broadband Internet availability along with the results of a new survey on broadband adoption.

Update: The National Broadband Map is having technical issues.

 

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US Making Little Progress On Broadband Speeds
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 Nearly half (49%) of the people in the U.S. do not meet the FCC’s minimum broadband standard of 4 megabits per second (mbps) download and 1 mbps upload, according to a new report by the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

CWA’s annual Speed Matters report on Internet speeds in the United States indicates little progress has been made since the report was first issued in 2007.

Google Puts Off High-Speed Broadband Decision

Ten months ago, Google volunteered to build experimental fiber networks in "a small number of trial locations."  People in about 1,100 communities then proved what a great idea this was by applying for the program.  Unfortunately, the response was more than Google could handle, and so the next step has been delayed. 

Google Picks Stanford Residences For Broadband Test

A physical site for one of Google’s ultra high-speed broadband networks has been chosen.  The company announced today that it will build one network for the 850 or so homes that are part of Stanford University’s Residential Subdivision.

This move makes sense for a number of reasons.  A post on the Official Google Blog explained, "Most important was Stanford’s openness to us experimenting with new fiber technologies on its streets."